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Contra

by Konami
Nintendo NES
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B0009VRFFS
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,166 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Fight through dozens of levels blowing away evil baddies as you go! Classic NES game!

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Gaming of the Past June 16, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The First Contra game was fantastic. Most people, no doubt, have probably at least heard of the exploits of the game. No, Contra can't hold a candle up to games in terms of graphics and sound, and the people who bash on the game for that are probably too young to remember Contra, or they're too busy being stuck in the 3D era that side scrollers are too "kiddish" for them. Those gamers obviously haven't played old school. Contra is not only one of the hardest games out there (as most 8-bit and 16-bit games are a lot harder than the 32-bit and over generation), it's one the greatest of the NES generation.

What made Contra perhaps one of the greatest games wasn't just it's run and gun action. It was also the way it handles its two-player co-op. Rather than taking turns like in a game like Mario, or waiting for someone to switch to you like say... Donkey Kong Country, Contra put both characters on screen at a time and had you both running and gunning down enemies. The screen kept moving along as well. One character might end up leaving the other behind. Either way, Contra was one of the first games that forced you to work together instead of competing. Over the course of the game you (and your partner if you had one) would collect different types of weapons that went flying over head.

You began with the default rifle which only fired one shot at a time. Over the course of the game you could find different sorts of weapons. You could get a machine gun, a laser, a flamethrower or a spread gun. Also, there was a barrier, a rapid fire and a super bomb. You could only hold one type of gun at a time, but the latter group could be obtained without replacing the gun. Any Contra veteran can tell you that of all the guns, the Spread Gun was the best of the lot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More classic than the best "Your Mom" joke March 10, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Contra for the NES was one of the very first games that I ever played. I think the only other game I had ever tried at the time was Super Mario Bros. I remember being very confused at why your character died when he jumped on the villains and I remember being angry beyond belief when I couldn't get past level 4. So for you gamers who have yet to play the almighty Contra, I highly recommend either playing co-op with a friend or putting on the 30 lives code. This way, the game will be a much more enjoyable experience. In Contra, it is your duty to kill and destroy everything in your path. Eventually you must destroy the head alien (Red Falcon) in order to save the universe. Along the way you will encounter all of his pets and various other troops who are trying to get in your way.

GRAPHICS- 9/10

Although it was an "8-bit system" the NES usually pushed "8-bit" to its very limit. Games such as "Mega Man 2" and "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out" looked excellent. The graphics in Contra aren't the greatest the system ever made but they certainly are good. I particularly enjoyed the attempt at 3-d in the base levels. Other stages such as "The Jungle" and the winter area featured very nice and detailed environments. The "Alien's Lair" was dark, spooky and looked exactly like one would expect and alien's lair to look like. The enemy character's looked about as good as they probably could have on the NES, as did the two main characters. Only two of the boss characters stood out in my opinion (graphic wise). Those were the big, rock-robot guy and the gross-looking Alien. In the final stage when you first encounter the Alien's head, you will most likely be reminded of the main alien in the "Alien" film series.

SOUND- 10/10

This game features a very memorable soundtrack.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome December 29, 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Contra is the best nes game I've ever played especially on multiplayer. It helps you out a lot because there is another player on the screen helping you out killing aliens. I also enjoyed the game a lot more with the konami code so you get 30 lives instead of 3 (The code is up up down down left right left right b a start.) I think I wouldn't have nearly as much fun on the game without the code. Another kool thing is the bosses. They look really wierd and kool at the same time. It seems like the creators thought of ramdom suff and put it all together like another konami game called life force that also super wierd bosses. Overall Contra is totally awesome and I recommend this game to anybody who likes classic and shoot em' up games.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CONTRA! December 1, 2013
Contra by far is one of the greatest games ever! I remember spending hours and hours each morning as a 7 year old trying to beat this game,which never happened lol, and once you have played (without a cheat code) you will understand why. As I kept at it though over the next few years before the ps1 came out I slowly learned the tricks and was able to progress much further into the game. I am excited to buy it again and beat it now that it is 15 years later lol.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOAT November 5, 2013
By Collin
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If you have ever played this game, you know why I gave it a Five Star review. One of the greatest games of all time. Be careful though, playing this on the dual nes/snes system does not allow the Konami code.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best NES games December 5, 2013
By John
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classic NES game, one of the best, this is a must have for any retro gamer. This game started cheat codes with its iconic up up down down left right left right b a start.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Came in great
We played this game for hours as kids! Still one of my favorites! Came in great condition
Published 28 days ago by Dino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Husband and son love playing this game!
Published 29 days ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must!
Old school run 'n' gun doesn't get much better than Contra! Fantastic gameplay, memorable music, excellent sound effects and graphics, this game has it all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by casey718
5.0 out of 5 stars all time greatest code
up up down down left right left right b a b a start. or select start for two players
Published 1 month ago by Dan Pellerito
5.0 out of 5 stars its a no brainer buy it
i had to get this game i grew up with it i paid 35 bucks though gulp but either way had to get it in my collection
Published 2 months ago by felis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best game ever
Published 3 months ago by stacy
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome game.
use the Konomi code for 30 lives your first time through, then try with out. awesome game.
Published 4 months ago by Jason Ferris
4.0 out of 5 stars I had a little trouble getting the game to connect ...
I had a little trouble getting the game to connect with the Nintendo system. This is nothing new with the old games though. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jessica Miranda
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Technically, the game did work. But it took about an hour of messing with it..
Published 5 months ago by Alycia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome game, exactly as describe!!!
Published 5 months ago by Nathan Orton
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